Peter Bravo

Dev Marketing - Dev Marketing
London - United Kingdom

    Celebrate Women in Dentistry

    April 27, 2017

    Dentistry is an incredibly important field. Everyone needs to make sure that they have clean, healthy, and strong teeth that will stay that way over the course of their entire lives. Dentists help you from the time your first tooth comes in and throughout your whole life making sure your teeth stay in top shape. While the field goes back a long time, many people do not know the history of women in dentistry. Particularly in the United States, women have made impressive contributions to the field of dentistry and need to be recognized for it. Here are a few facts you probably did not know about women’s contribution to dentistry.

    The History of Women in Dentistry

    Dentistry is a time tested field that goes back thousands of years. While women have likely been involved in some aspects of dentistry for a large portion of its history, the records do not show much activity until fairly far into the practice’s history. For example, a woman was not listed on the Dentists' Register in New Zealand until Margaret Caro officially registered in 1881. Caro accomplished many female dentistry firsts in the area, which is likely a very similar story to what occurred in other countries. A woman or small group of women had to break the mold and start making a path for others to follow in her footsteps. In fact, it took until 1997 for the American National Dental Association to get its first female president when Hazel J. Harper was appointed in the position. In terms of the field’s history, that type of leadership position was only attained quite recently by a woman, and hopefully there will be many more to follow.

    More Women Are Entering the Field

    In a 2004 report on women in dentistry, it was quoted that the field was only comprised of about 19% females. According to the American Dental Association, that figure rose to almost 29% by 2015. If that trend continues, and hopefully it will, the instance of having a female dentist will be much more common. However, female dentists that are currently practicing say one thing they really want to see more of is female leaders in the field. It is one thing to be practicing dentistry (a very positive thing indeed), but many women who are entering the dental field or studying to be dentists would like to see themselves represented in places of leadership. As the female dentist population begins to grow, this will likely become more commonplace.

    Celebrating Women Dentists

    Nowadays, there are so many females in the industry that there is a large amount of competition for a top spot in the rankings. Awards like the Top 25 Women in Dentistry have been established to award the outstanding contributions to the field. These honorees are not just dentists, they are passionate professionals who are working to advance the field and build strong practices.

    A lot of people avoid visiting the dentist because of the pain or fear that is associated with the field. These women have worked hard to make their patience understand how unnecessary (and honestly outdated) these fears are with modern advancements and technology. Modern dentists work to establish strong bonds with their clients by proving how reliable and helpful they can be, which benefits the patient as they are given the gift of healthy teeth which will serve them well throughout their entire lives. As long as people have teeth, there will be a need for dentists, giving females in the field plenty of exciting challenges and space to create new technology and develop new techniques for years to come.

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